How to set up SSL on your WordPress website

This guide will explain how to set up SSL on your WordPress website for customers using web hosting and WordPress hosting .

Before you start, you’ll need to have purchased and set up an SSL certificate, or enabled a Let's Encrypt SSL certificate for your site. You can learn how to purchase and set up SSL certificates here or how to enable a Let's Encrypt SSL certificate for your site here.

Let’s get started…

  1. Login to your WordPress dashboard. You can do this by navigating to
  2. Please note: make sure that you can access the dashboard for the site via https before attempting to enable SSL for your site.
  3. Hover over Plugins on the left hand side and click Add New
  4. Use the search bar in the top right hand side to find Really Simple SSL
  5. Click Install Now
  6. Once installed you’ll need to turn the plugin on. Do this by clicking Activate Plugin
  7. To enable SSL click Go ahead, activate SSL!

That’s it! SSL should now be enabled for your WordPress website.
You can test this by browsing to the green SSL padlock should be visible next to your URL bar.

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